ON BEHALF OF A MADMAN: A PASTICHE OPERA
A Pastiche Opera
When footage from a West Wing staff party is leaked to a major news channel, the president is on the warpath looking for a culprit. Staffers scheme and second-guess each other amidst the misleading headlines, and politicians exploit the turmoil for their own ends. Sound familiar? Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, and Donizetti would have thought so. This brand-new opera, woven together from 18th and 19th century plots with new dialogue, will make you see today’s politics from a totally new vantage point. Directed by Julia Mintzer with an original script by Charles Ogilvie, On Behalf of a Madman will feature Classical and Romantic arias arranged for Harmonie band by Grand Harmonie co-founder Yoni Kahn, conducted by Geoffrey McDonald. Caution: this production contains strong language, but no worse than the average White House cabinet meeting!
APRES SKI WITH GRAND HARMONIE
Warm up after a day on the slopes with hot chocolate and chamber music in cozy Stowe, VT. Known for its gorgeous skiing and arts community, Stowe is the perfect place to enjoy a winter paradise with Grand Harmonie. Enjoy a very hygge program of 18th century chamber music featuring winds and strings, including favorites by Mozart and Beethoven.
ACROSS THE POND
Finding connections between the Salons of London and Philadelphia through music for trumpets and fortepiano
Private salons were a vital part of the music scenes of major cities throughout Europe and the budding United States in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Musicians like Therese Jansen and Thomas Harper held court in London, while John Norton and Francis Johnson made waves in Philadelphia. Johnson, an African-American keyed bugler, violinist, and composer, bridged both worlds, bringing a group of black musicians to perform in celebrations for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838. In this intimate concert, Chris Belluscio and Sylvia Berry will show off the characteristics of various trumpets paired with a quintessentially English 1806 Broadwood fortepiano. Unique and beguiling, you’ll love these rare instruments.
GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA
Presented by Florida International University School of Music
Escape the impending winter with Grand Harmonie and join us in Miami at our debut performance at the 2017 FIU International Music Festival! Hosted by Florida International University, this festival runs from November 2-20 and will feature groups from around the world in eclectic programs spanning a wide range of styles and eras. Grand Harmonie’s appearance on November 17 will feature wind favorites by Mozart and Beethoven, plus a wonderful gem by Heinrich Neumann which we first performed in Palm Beach in 2015.
L. van Beethoven, Sextet op. 71
Heinrich Neumann, Trio op. 40
W.A. Mozart, Serenade K. 375 (Sextet Version)
THIS JUST IN: A WORLD PREMIERE FROM PRAGUE
Concertos in the late 18th century
Returning from his discovery in the Czech Musical Instrument Museum in Prague, soloist and historian Paul Miller joins Maureen Murchie in the world premiere of a concerto for two violas d’amore by Franz Götz (1755 – 1815). Along with a pair of galant pieces from brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, this program explores the concerto at the end of the Holy Roman Empire with soloists Leon Schelhase, harpsichord, and Grand Harmonie’s own Sarah Paysnick, flute.
CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in A Major, Wq 168
JC Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor
F Götz: Concerto for 2 violas d’amore in A Major
THE ASSASSINATION OF THE DUKE
French Music from the Time of Silent Film
Grand Harmonie transports you to the beginning of silent films in France as we paint the sound world of art nouveau. Reaching into the 20th century with an 1870s Streicher piano, trumpet and strings, this concert pairs chamber music with novel and experimental shorts from the era. Culminating with a screening of The Assassination of the Duke of Guisewith Saint-Saëns’ original score for the film, this program will immerse you in a total cinematic experience.
Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat Major Op 65 (1880)
Godard: String Quartet in G Minor Op 33 (1876)
Saint-Saëns: L’Assassinat du duc de Guise op. 128 (1908)